Devotional

“For through the Son everything was created, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, realm of government, principality, and authority—it was all created through him and for his purpose!” – Coplossians 1:16.

Moana is the story of a Polynesian princess desperate to leave her small island in search of something greater. She is “called” to the sea countless times throughout her life, but her attempts to explore are continually thwarted by her father’s demands for her to stay home and rule her people. The ocean is calling her, chose her, to fix what was broken in the land—a calling her parents didn’t know about. As Moana struggles to find her identity and fulfill her destiny her island is overcome with a curse, Moana embarks on her first journey across the sea, confronting spear-throwing coconut people and egotistical, shape-shifting demigods to fulfill her purpose. 

The Colossians Bible verse above is about purpose. This verse makes it clear that our purpose is ultimately God’s.  This doesn’t mean we are devoid of purpose… in fact, our purpose is for Him.  1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”

Wow. If we know Jesus, we are chosen, royal, holy… his very own possession. And what is the purpose of these privileges and why do we get this privilege?  As Christ-followers, our main purpose is to glorify God and to point others to Christ through our love.

While we all share the purpose of glorifying the Lord in all we do, we do each have a unique way of living out that purpose. For example, Moses brought glory to God by stepping out in faith and leading the Israelites out of slavery. Paul lived a life of rejecting Jesus and persecuting Christians.  Then, God used that part of Paul’s past to turn him into a powerfully effective teacher and missionary.

There is a sense of purpose that God has planted in each and every one of us, and we can’t separate ourselves from it. Your purpose in life is an important part of who you are; it gives you meaning and helps you understand why you are here. It is the beginning of who you are destined to become, the influence you are destined to have, and the dreams you are destined to fulfill.

God has a daily blueprint for your life that He is unfolding before you. Nobody else can fulfill your specific purpose. The Lord’s specific purpose for your life has a twofold nature: It will further His kingdom on earth, and it will transform you. Not only will you grow closer to Him as you rely on His ability, but discovering your purpose will make your life more fulfilling.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. How could He use your experiences, strengths, and weaknesses to accomplish His purpose for your life? 
  2. What impact do you think God wants you to make with your life? How does he want you to contribute to making Panama City or your area a better place?